Lawmakers Fret About Water, but the Public Doesn't

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Late arrivals to the TribLive event this week with Allan Ritter, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, found the main dining room of the Austin Club filled to the rafters with a buzzing, elbow-to-elbow audience that included all sectors of the lobby and interest group crowd, as well as a large cross-section of staff and legislators.  They were there to hear Ritter declare that water is “just our future, I don’t know how else to put it” and that doing nothing would limit Texas “to no growth.”

Suddenly, the Legislature has water on the brain.  Water-related legislation has ...

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